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Open Trench Safety

When it comes time to lay the foundation of a new home, trenching must be done. Any time the ground must be opened up; there is a risk of a collapse. According to OSHA, trenching work alone is estimated to have a fatality rate that is 112% higher than all other types of construction. There are two factors causing this: 1) many companies do not emphasis safety by taking the necessary precautions 2) cave-ins usually occur without warning. Read the proper Trenching guidelines to help your affiliate follow proper trenching procedures.




Take charge, and make sure your volunteers and employees understand, and practice, these trenching guidelines.

And remember to always get a signed waiver from all volunteers prior to them working on the jobsite! If you have any questions please call the Habitat for Humanity Affiliate Insurance Program at (888) 553-9002.